House & Patio
6 Indoor Plants to Get You in the Mood for Spring
This article was written by Julie Ann Howlett. Julie Ann is a freelance writer with a background in biology, science and teaching. Nature walks with her rescue pup Monty and paying visits to her favorite trees are two of her most soul-soothing activities!
As we navigate the last leg of the winter season, it's normal to feel weary with winter chill and dull skies. But as we approach March, the promise of spring feels closer and closer. We look to the sun and its lengthening days with hope, and we see subtle signs from birds and other wildlife, preparing for the changing seasons.
We might typically turn to cut flowers from the grocery store to fill our homes with color and cheer this time of year, but there’s a plethora of indoor, container plants that can remind us of spring and lift our spirits, even in the midst of winter. Let’s take a look at six of our top plant picks that will do just that!
You may have spotted one of our newest arrangements for Valentine’s Day, featuring a gorgeous display of tulips and hyacinth in a seagrass pot. Soothing us with shades of pink, white, and red, this duo reminds us to tap into feelings of love and gratitude. And we don’t have to stop at Valentine’s Day to celebrate these emotions! Treat yourself or a friend to this beautiful arrangement, and bring in the warmth of love, hope, and thankfulness all throughout the early spring weeks to come.
Styling Inspo: Place this beautiful arrangement on your kitchen table or entryway space for instant happiness when you enter the room. This would also make an excellent gift for a loved one in a care home or hospital, as a warm and encouraging gesture.
Don’t let the name of this plant deceive you! This indoor variety is nothing but cheerful, embodying springtime color and providing pops of purple in an otherwise bleak, winter landscape. Its bright purple, elegant blooms will have you constantly smiling. Perfect for sunlit spots in your home, this easy-care plant only needs weekly watering. Plus, it’ll flower year-round for constant enjoyment and effortless home décor.
Styling Inspo: This plant holds true to its tropical roots and does favor full sunlight. Place it in your sunroom, conservatory, or your favorite window gazing spot, and watch it flourish!
If you’re looking for a real standout piece to spruce up your indoor space, check out our Benjamina Ficus Tree. Measuring in at no more than 6-10 feet tall at maturity when potted, this attractively sized tree is resistant to disease and pests and requires minimal watering and little, if any, pruning. It’s no wonder this low-maintenance variety is a fan favorite! What’s more is that its uniquely braided trunk adds instant visual appeal, easily elevating the homescape.
Styling Inspo: Consider placing your Ficus next to your favorite reading chair, on a landing with a window for natural light, or in a well-lit nook in need of color and texture.
If space-saving plants is what you’re in search of, then the Pancake Plant is for you! Not only is it compact, but it's absolutely adorable! Featuring bright green, rounded, dainty leaves, it’s a whimsical addition that dresses up any space. Its shiny, green coloring exudes the bright warmth of springtime, and its low-maintenance means even the newest gardeners can grow it with ease. If you’re partial to succulents and want something that will provide unique texture and aesthetic to your home, try serving up pancakes—pancake plants, that is!
Styling Inspo: The Pancake Plant is compact and thrives in any of a number of indoor areas. We give a green thumbs up to spots like desks, work stations, kitchen tables, and entryways!
Another option that’s compact yet mighty is our Crocodile Fern. Featuring longer, leathery looking leaves, the Crocodile Fern is the lengthier cousin of the Pancake Plant. It, too, features bright green foliage that’s sure to give you all the springtime feels, and its crocodile-like pattern is totally cool! Requiring only indirect sunlight, it offers a myriad of options for placement. Note that just like crocodile reptiles, this plant prefers humidity and will enjoy misting twice a week. You can also place it in humid areas of your home to achieve a similar effect.
Styling Inspo: For the Crocodile Fern, consider an indirectly bright and humid area. A humid bathroom is a great option or on your child’s bedside table near a humidifier. As a perfect, non-toxic plant, kids will love this fern’s unique texture and fun name!
Finally, for one of our most show-stopping greens, check out the Calathea Medallion. It’s also non-toxic and requires minimal care while embracing the inspiring shades of warm, sunny days. From a pale, almost bright yellow, to a deep, enchanting green, this house plant puts on a gorgeous, eye-catching color show. For added intrigue, its leaves fold upwards at night, revealing contrasting burgundy, purple undertones beneath.
Styling Inspo: Preferring indirect sunlight, this plant can be placed in any number of rooms, including bathrooms, dining rooms, kitchens and more. Just be sure to keep it in a pot with organic, well-draining soil for best results.
So, which will you choose? For spring-inspired plants that are mood-boosting, versatile and ultra-easy to care for, these varieties are your best bet! Whichever ones you choose, we have no doubt they’ll satisfy your longings of spring, even while it’s still cold outside!
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And be sure to check out these additional helpful resources:
- How to Grow Plants Indoors
- Best Plants to Give as Housewarming Gifts
- Health Benefits of Indoor Plants